Sk Hynix announced on Thursday that it had completed the development of the world’s first 16 GB DDR5 memory chips. It is touted as the first DRAM that is compliant with JEDEC memory standards which have not been published yet.
The newly developed chips are based on Sk Hynix’s second generation 10nm-class process technology which is also known as 1Ynm. However, the company has not provided any details about the die size used for making the DDR5 RAM.
On the upgrade front, it delivers 5200 MT/sec/pin data transfer rate as compared to 3200 MT/s transfer rate, supported by the currently used DDR4 RAM. This increased rate makes it 60% faster than DDR4 memory chips.
Another major upgrade is a 9% decrease in the operating voltage as the upcoming RAM operates at 1.1 volts. According to the company, DDR5 RAM lineup would consist of memory chips having 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB capacities and the data transfer rate could be between 3200 MT/s and 6400 MT/s.
The company has said that the full-fledged mass production of DDR5 Memory chips will begin in 2020.
In addition to the memory chip, SK Hynix has also presented DDR5 registered DIMM (dual in-line memory module) – DDR5-5200 RDIMM. It offers a peak memory bandwidth of 41.6 GB per second which is close to bandwidth obtained by overclocking DDR4 modules to their maximum limits.